Brainstorming games and tools are extremely effective in sparking fresh new ideas. Try this SCRAPING Question technique to get you thinking.
Scraping is a checklist of idea-sparking questions that have been arranged into the following mnemonic:
R: Rearrange? Reverse? Removed?
A: Adapt? Add?
P: Put to other uses?
I: Intensify? Increase?
G: Group together? Combine?
HOW TO USE SCRAPING:
Consider the following example. A football club wants to increase its number of wins in the upcoming season. They then proceed to break their preparation down into the following categories physical training, skills, techniques, diet, mental agility, selection process, training team etc. They then proceed to ask scraping questions about each stage of their process to generate new ideas. The scraping questions they could use would be:
Questions like these would trigger many new ideas, perhaps the addition of take home lunches and dinners could help engineer peak performance.
"A drop of ink may make a million think." -Lord Byron